Roger L. Thelin, 81, of Jackson Run Road, passed away at home on Sunday, May 26, 2013.He is survived by his wife, Erma Spicer Thelin; his brother, Russell Thelin and wife, Ruth of Erie; his son, Robert Thelin and wife, Claudia of Miller Hill Road, his daughter, Pamela Damiani and husband, Phil of Churchville, NY; his soninlaw, Michael Luvison; six grandchildren, Lindsay Wagner, Lacy Thompson, Alyssa Luvison, Amanda Luvison, Dana Damiani and David Dam ani and two greatgrandchildren, Ella Thompson and Garen Wagner. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Nyla Luvison; his parents, Mildred and Perry Thelin; and his sister, Marilyn Passinger.
Roger was born June 5, 1931 in Warren. He was a 1949 graduate of Lander High School and married his high school sweetheart, Erma, in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on May 3, 1951. He was drafted during the Korean War where he served in the Military Police at Camp Gordon in Augusta, GA. While enlisted, he attended Leadership School, later serving as an instructor to incoming trainees. Upon returning to Warren, he joined the Warren Borough Police Department and remained there for 25 years, serving as Chief of Police from 1978 to 1980. After retiring, he launched his own private investigation agency serving Warren and surrounding towns for 25 years. During this time he acted as an investigator and paralegal for the Warren County Public Defender’s Office, specializing in fingerprint and handwriting identification, forensic photography and the polygraph.
Roger was a deeply spiritual man who was an active member of his church, teaching Sunday School to children and adults at St. Paul’s for more than 55 years. He was a member of the choir and became a lay minister, giving many sermons in the community. He later moved to Hessel Valley Lutheran Church in Chandler’s Valley where he continued to practice his faith. He was a Hospice volunteer, a lifelong farmer and an author, publishing two books, Vignettes of Yesteryear, Volume I and II, and a number of short stories of Pennsylvania history. He was a man of many talents and interests who enjoyed time with his family and deep discussions about religion, firearms, psychology and politics. He will be greatly missed and remembered by many.
Friends will be received at a memorial service at Interfaith Chapel, Warren State Hospital, North Warren on Sunday, June 16 at 2 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Warren County, 2 Crescent Park West, Warren, PA 16365 and Hessel Valley Lutheran Church, Brown Hill Rd., Chandlers Valley, PA 16312.
The Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 314 North Main St. in Youngsville have been entrusted with all arrangements. Condolences to the family may be made at www.nelsonfuneralhome.net.